"Love it!!!!"on by relxerd
Pros Large screen, full keyboard, 2 hard drives, 2 gigs ram, awsome controlls for dvd/cd,
Cons small right shift key, dvd buttons are too close to keyboard
Summary First off, I want to say that this is the very best laptop I've ever owned. Quick to set up and get used to, and very fast. I do a lot of gaming and this give me the freedom to play any new game that comes out for the next 3 to 5 years.
What I don't like is the quick access buttons that are along the top of the key board... while playing games, I tend to use the F1, F2, etc... and get knocked out of my game. I am getting used to it but it will take some time. Also the small shift key on the bottom right of the key board makes it harder to hit what u want to hit while typing... once again, just need to get used to it.
The DVD player is awsome and I love the full number pad. I do many orders for work on my laptop and this is much faster to use than my old Compaq with the USB number pad. It has a 17" display and it is awsome to surf the net and not have to scroll to see an entire web page.
The graphics card is state-of-the-art, and my unit came with 2 gigs of ram. Awsome for gaming. Wireless networking and more than enough USB ports (4). There are even options I haven't figured out how to use yet. I would recommend this unit to anyone that will be playing music, photograph, gaming, or watching DVDs.
Pros Great performance when running
Cons Laptop overheats
Summary After owning the laptop for 7 months, we have had numerous problems with it shutting down after getting very hot. On a flat surface, it shuts down. Because the cpu fans are located on the bottom of the laptop, the air gets trapped even on flat surfaces. You will need to angle the laptop off of a flat surface in the air or buy a laptop cooling system for the bottom side at Best Buy. Oh, the laptop cooling system stopped running after 30 days. Make sure you get a warranty for replacement. Don't bother with HP service, it sucks big time. They want you to send it in without knowing what the problem is. Many people are experiencing the same issues but they haven't figured it out. Warning buyer beware!!!
Pros Slick looking, has a lot of memory, decent controls, multimedia features
Cons Big for a laptop,
Summary I bought this machine yesterday from best buy. There is a standing 150$ rebate so it cost 850$. More than I wanted to pay but they were out of the 15" version so I broke down and got it. First day it froze up, not unusual for HP or Compaq as I have owned both tower version and had same issue. I currently own 2 toshiba satellite laptops and haven't had any issues with them. I have also used IBM thinkpad and Dell. I have had the least number of issues with IBM and Toshiba. Dell is the worst. So far (day 2) with the HP I haven't had issues. They preload a lot of junk on these so it takes time to remove programs and get them to act the way you want. I'm impressed with the quality and design. I almost got a gateway for really cheap but decided that was too risky. The sales person said they had a lot of issues with them.
"Never buy HP!!!"on by mjw5188
Pros nice design and good for a few weeks but thats it
Cons where do i start.
Summary Never buy HP!! I have a custom made DV9000 and after just 4 months I have had to send it into HP because it doesn't boot anymore. If i put it in sleep mode, i have to restart to get the webcam to work again. HP has had my laptop for two weeks and i am still waiting to get it back. it took 3 days to get the "overnight" box to ship it back to them. Can't understand any of there phone techs for the service hotline. I bought a new HP printer with a scanner, and it had a spot under the glass that i wouldn't be able to get off without opening the printer/scanner. I contacted HP about this and they said that they would send me a "refurbished" printer instead of a new one. I hadn't used it at all and all they could give me is a refurbished instead of a new one like i should have gotten.
Overall, NEVER BUY HP AS THEY STINK!! i will never buy an HP product again.
Pros User Friendly - Great switching and lighting indicators. Missing nothing.
Cons Too much shareware installed by default. Open latch in non-historic position is confusing and not any more efficient. HP "Targus" case is very tight in the laptop storage area.
Summary This is one hot laptop.
I've been in computers since about 1988, including running a small sales business a few years back, mainframe programmer, and Computer Adult Education. I'd given up on laptops, tired of the lack of performance versus the desktop system at half the price. That's my history, to win me over, a laptop would have to go BIG!
This laptop, delivers. For about $100 over the desktop we bought (Without monitor, so price is very competitive) we ended up with a machine that rivals the performance of anything I have ever seen. The DVD plays excellently, and on the 17" platform, doesn't strain the eyes. I sprung for the video card upgrade, as even in home systems, it's always a great Bang for the Buck.
The indicators and the switches on the machine make the interface much less point and click than most computers, with easy switching and often an indicator light so you get immediate indication you are setting things the way you want. The ease
of use of these interfaces are remarkably the most user friendly I have ever seen.
Let's talk about heat. Sure, it's a high performance multi-media laptop, it generates some heat. I have found it to be remarkably below many if not all my previous laptops (owned at least 5). Cool enough to work with it for hours on my lap.
In the performance arena, I haven't thrown anything at it that it hasn't run and run well. Some software upgrades take longer than I feel they should need to (Media Player's newest version). Everything else I have done with the machine seems to outperform any other computer I have personally ever used. That puts it into a very elite field, IMHO.
Now some nit-picks. Way too much shareware and undesireable junk preloaded onto the machine. Not necessary or wanted.
We also bought the leather (???) HP Case. It is emblazoned with HP on it, spelling out it's a laptop for all thieves. And for a leather case, too much material on the case is not leather. The zipper compartment the laptop must slide into is far too small, and putting this into the case amkes you constantly fear the case is getting scratched every time you put it away. So far, this has not shown up on the case, but it sure doesn't feel good. In it's favor, there is an unbelievable amount of storage area in this case, and even "hidden" compartments.
The cover lock is a single center pushbutton. This is not "normal" for laptops, and the LAN card on/off is close enough to a conventional location, at first you find yourself disabling the LAN just trying to get the case opened. Once learned, this isn't a real problem, but why the change? The area of the side loaded locks seems just as vacant as previous laptops, and would make the initial transition to this laptop even more user oriented.
Overall, worthy of every bit of praise it gets, this is one great laptop. The only reason it's not a 10, I figure perfection is impossible. The day after you buy any technology, it's too slow!